Career Awareness

Careers in Pipelining

Variety – Challenge – Team – Satisfaction – Rewards

Words which characterize a pipelining lifestyle.

Pipeline careers offer rewarding opportunities, accompanied by choice and flexibility. Employers and labour leaders are committed to sustaining this essential Canadian workforce of “pipeliners.”

Pipeliners are skilled people who live and work in communities across Canada. Pipeliners build, maintain and renew all facets of Canada’s pipeline systems, from the Distribution systems that deliver natural gas to produce cleaner electricity and heat homes, through to mainline infrastructure used to transport energy products.

Pipelining is a project-based business. Demand for pipeliners varies based on the economy, energy sector development, regulatory approvals and pipeline lifecycle maintenance and renewal.

Pipeline Trades and Craft Skills

Regular members provide services in transportation, logistics, equipment operating, welding, pipelaying and range of construction craft labour occupations.  These services are provided by personnel dispatched by union locals across Canada. Please visit the respective union website to find the local in your province or territory:

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) – Canada
Labourers’ International Union of North America – Canada
Teamsters Canada
United Association – Canada

These resources may be helpful if you’re doing a career investigation project for school or are considering a career change.


Other administrative, engineering, technology, sales, service and support careers are available through our regular and associate members. For more information please visit the career sections of our regular and associate members.

Last Updated: Nov. 24, 2017